Posts Tagged ‘wood’

Sawtimber, pulpwood markets improving, but challenges remain

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Markets for Mississippi’s sawtimber and pulpwood are bouncing back from the economic recession, but the industry is not improving across the board. “Slowly but surely, markets for sawtimber are beginning to grow again after the sharp declines seen after the collapse of the U.S. housing market and the ensuing recession,” said James […] [...]

Coast man pleads guilty to 16th Section timber theft

SAUCIER — Following an investigation by the Secretary of State’s Office, the Department of Agriculture and the Mississippi Forestry Commission, 54-year-old Harold Edwin Simmons of Saucier has pled guilty to three counts of felony timber theft. Simmons was accused of stealing approximately $250,000 worth of timber harvested from three separate 16th Section land sites in […] [...]

Molpus Woodlands agrees to buy timberland in Alabama

JACKSON — The timberland investment management firm Molpus Woodlands Group, LLC has, on behalf of a client, entered into an agreement to purchase approximately 73,000 acres of timberland located north, east and west of Birmingham, Ala. The close of the purchase is set to occur in installments starting in October 2013. Terms were not disclosed. […] [...]

Lumber company expanding, adding new workers

BALDWYN — Maple Land and Timber has announced the company is expanding its operation located near Baldwyn. The plant, which operates as American Land and Timber, will produce lumber for export to overseas markets. The expansion includes the addition of a new sawmill and the construction of a 20,000-square-foot facility. The project represents a $1.95 […] [...]

Kitchens Brothers selling shuttered sawmills

UTICA — Equity Partners CRB and Heritage Global Partners have been retained to sell three hardwood sawmills on behalf of Kitchens Brothers Manufacturing Company. Equity Partners is seeking bids for each mill in its entirety through late October, with any remaining assets to be offered at auction in November by Heritage. Family owned and operated […] [...]

Business community has questions about proposed highway tax

JACKSON — Business groups still aren’t ready to raise Mississippi’s taxes to repair and build highways and bridges. In August, Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, proposed a $700 million menu of taxes and asked other members of a study committee examining road needs to offer their own alternative revenue and spending plans. Highway […] [...]

Community learns hard lessons from IP mill closure

NATCHEZ — Darryl Grennell can remember growing up in Natchez and smelling an odd odor in the air coming from the International Paper mill. What smelled funky to Grennell was a welcomed aroma for others. “I would ask the older people what that odor was and they would say to me, ‘That’s the smell of […] [...]

KiOR plant achieves three production milestones

COLUMBUS — KiOR Inc. reports that its commercial scale cellulosic gasoline and diesel production facility in Columbus has achieved several key operational milestones. The facility’s Biomass Fluid Catalytic Cracking, or BFCC, unit has completed its first uninterrupted 30-day run. Also, the facility made its first shipment of cellulosic gasoline on June 28, which represented the […] [...]

Paper plant will have converting and manufacturing capabilities

NATCHEZ — Von Drehle Corporation officials say the Natchez plant will be the company’s only “all-under-one-roof” facility. The Natchez Democrat reports company engineer Tanya Richardson told a local civic club this week that the operation would have pulp converting and paper manufacturing capabilities, the company’s only plant to have both. Von Drehle, which provides paper […] [...]

Another wood pellet operation coming to Pine Belt region

LUCEDALE — A second wood pellet mill is locating in George County. Officials say the new mill will handle 500,000 tons of pellets per year. The Mississippi Press reports the Port of Pascagoula leaders signed a document Thursday to provide for shipping of the wood pellets to European utilities, which use the pellets to reduce […] [...]

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